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Margaret (Lawson) Gilliam (abt. 1665 - 1726)

Margaret Gilliam formerly Lawson
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at about age 61 in New Kent, Virginiamap
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Margaret Lawson[1]

Birth: about 1665[citation needed], or 1658[2]
Marriage: to Richard Gilliam[2]
  • John Gilliam
  • Elizabeth (Gilliam) Toney
  • William Gilliam

Research Notes

Unsourced|Virginia, since profiles attached have location "St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia" (e.g., husband died there; son John born there). Her death date is double-dated in the parish register; 1726 on the Gregorian calendar.


  1. Profile for this person was created through the import of Shortened files.ged on 30 December 2010. Not sure how much other information came from that gedcom.
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, record for Margaret Lawson, born 1658, married Richard Gilliam, born 1654.

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I took over as manager of this profile because it was an orphan, but I want to go on record as saying that I am skeptical about Margaret's maiden name. The data base "US and International Marriage Records" is a bin full of both real marriage records and one that people assume might have existed, so I don't view it as authoritative. If anyone has any actual evidence (as opposed to supposition) that Margaret was born a Lawson, I would be very interested. But thus far I have only seen her attached as the "daughter" of two men named Lawson, one of whom (Epaphroditus) died in 1652 and the other (Richard) in 1658. The records of their estates give no hint that they had a daughter Margaret. Further, I find it incredible that she would have gotten to age 45 or 39 without having married, or that she would still be having children at age 55 or 49. A third Lawson (Rowland) died in 1660, but seems to have a complete list of his children, with no Margaret being among them. Likewise, there are numerous documents transcribed at relating to Richard Lawson (d. 1652), but all indications are that his only child was a daughter Elizabeth.
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